No better time to Invest in Overseas Property

Simply because if the time is right for you, it is the right time. There are risks, which comes with all types of investment of course, but you can certainly make wise, calculated decisions by attending property seminars, speaking with experienced industry experts and doing your own research.


With information of overseas property becoming more accessible and detailed, and with online sources available 24-7, information is at your fingertips, literally. Why purchase a property in Asia? It is nearer to home, and also makes a good holiday home option. Depending on the rules and regulations in the country of purchase, properties are cheaper and have more space for growth. And rental yields can be substantial, if you invest in the right property in the right location. Compared to Singapore properties, where home loans and buying curbs are increasingly being implemented, the real estate landscape overseas could be more fertile for short-term investment.

Horizon Hills in Nusajaya, Johor, Malaysia.

Horizon Hills in Nusajaya, Johor, Malaysia.

Malaysian properties are increasingly popular, especially with strong and steady developments at the Iskandar region. Horizon Hills in Nusajaya, Johor,is part of the Iskandar Malaysia development. Movenpick WHite Sands PattayaNear enough to Singapore with properties half the price or less of the same here, with the luxury of the space of your own, landed homes here are easily accessible via the North-South Expressway, Malaysia-Singapore Second Link, Skudai Expressway and the Perling Expressway. Cluster housing within a spacious buy cosy 1,200 acres, it encourages family and community living.

Looking further north into Thailand, beachfront living in the heart of Asia is offered by Apex Development. Situated in Pattaya, the Movenpick White Sands Beach Condotel development provides investors the opportunity to take part in a hotel development by purchasing hotel rooms which they can in turn earn rent on. This development is nearing completion, is targeted to be ready by end 2013.

But if it an urban lifestyle you fancy, Ayala Land, part of the Ayala Corporation in the Philippines is offering up that possibility at your doorstep. A variety of properties under the Ayala Land umbrella will put you in the centre of Makati city, Manila, with conveniences, shopping and much more in the vicnity.

Garden Towers and Escalada Scelod condominiums in the Philippines. Photo by Ayala Land.

Garden Towers and Escala Salcedo condominiums in the Philippines. Photo by Ayala Land.

Still undecided about which to go for, or perhaps you might even be considering a few, the iProperty International Property expo is where you will find all these developers and more, under one roof, presenting collections and properties at the same time. It might just be the best way to do your research, consult with experts, gather various information and compare pros and cons across the board before signing on the dotted line. The exhibition runs from 26 to 28 July at the Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Centre and you can pre-register here.

Winners of the People’s Choice Award 2013 – Rise of the “Suburban Condominiums”.

While Singapore has a land area of only 710sq m, there are more than 2,000 private residential developments.  As each development has its unique style, architecture and design to suit the myriad of taste and preferences, consumers are spoilt for choices.

From the annual iProperty Consumer Sentiments Survey, more than 2,000 Singapore respondents indicated thatlocation, price and area were the fundamentals of property selection in Singapore.  As a follow-up, the inaugural People’s Choice Awards (PCA) was organised by to find out which projects are the hot favourites among consumers.  Respondents could vote for whichever properties they felt were most deserving of the awards and unlike actually buying the property, they were not constrained by their budget.

I recall writing an article for several months ago and had selected some of the developments that I thought would stand a chance of winning some of the awards.

To recap, I thought that Marina Bay Suites stood a goodchance of winning the “Take my Breath Award” as the condominium overlooked the Marina Bay as well as the integrated resort.  As for the “Object of Desire Award” I thought that the Interlace stood a very good chance of winning as world-renowned architects Ole Scheeren and Rem Koolhaas from OMA designed the development.  As for the condominium that I would “bet my granny’s savings on” is My Manhattan as it was located near the top 3 most profitable developments from 2009 to 2012.

And the winners are…

City Slickers Award – Best Condominium in Orchard/CBD District:

Skyline @ Orchard Boulevard by Far East Organization

Life’s a Beach Award – Condominium with the Best Resort feel:

Seastrand by Far East Organization

Object of Desire Award – Condominium with the Best Architecture

The Palette by City Developments Limited

Property I would even bet my granny’s savings on Award – Condominium you think that has the highest appreciation potential

Gaia by Amerald Land Ptd Ltd

Saving Gaia Award – Best Eco-Friendly Condominium

eCO by Far East Organization

Supersize Me Award – Best Condominium for Families

Euhabitat by Far East Organization

Staycation Award – Condominium that has facilities of a hotel

Riversound Residence by Qing Jian Realty Pte Ltd

Swinging Single Party Pad Award – Condominium that is best for Singles

Altez by Far East Organization

Take my Breath Award – Condominium with the greatest views

H20 Residences by City Development Limited

Property with the Most Votes award ​

eCO by Far East Organization


What can we glean from the results?

One of the key observations was that many of the developments that won awards were located in the Outside Central Region (OCR).  This goes to show that Singaporeans are starting to accept that desirabledevelopments do not necessarily have to be located in traditional hotspots like Districts 9, 10 and 11.  While traditional hotspots still command a premium, consumers who are more particular on design, facilities, eco-friendliness, etc. are prepared to look beyond the Core Central Region (CCR).


If we were to take a look at developed countries such as the United States or Australia, many condominium projects there offer such special facilities such as a movie theatre, personal trainer in the gym, concierge service, etc.  As Singaporeans become more discerning, it is no longer enough to just offer garden-variety facilities like tennis courts and swimming pools.  To really stand out, developers would have to spend time to come up withunique identifying features such as one-of-a-kindarchitecture or even special facilities like rock-climbing walls and golf simulators.


Property investors hoping to find the next hot deal should also move beyond the conventional wisdom of “location, location, location”.  With an area of only 710sq m, any part of Singapore is likely to be several minutes’ drive away from amenities or a shopping mall.  Hence, to assess the potential of a project, they should also take into consideration the “feel good” factor that the projects elicit.  Hopefully, you will remember this list of PCA winners and eventually use this information to help you decide on your next purchase.

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International Property Expo Lucky Draw Results

Thank you

We would like to take this chance to Thanks everyone whom made our event a success and look forward to your continuous support!  Let’s announce the winners for our lucky draw give-away!

If you find your name below, please check your email inbox for more details to collect your prizes. Once again, Congratulations to you!

 5 x Exquisite Magazine 1-Year Subscription winners
Cameron Huang
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1 Complimentary Seat to Wealth Academy by Adam Khoo Learning Technology Group 
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2x The new iPad 16GB WIFI
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3 nights stay at La Residence Hu, Vietnam
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3 nights stay at Sea Link Beach Hotel, Vietnam
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Strong response for EXPO International Collection over the weekend

The Expo International Collection over the weekend attracted a strong crowd of over 8,000 at Marina Bay Sands with S$20 million worth of sales concluded.

“We are pleased that response has been well received by both our exhibitors and consumers. The quality of properties showcased and invited speakers have helped pull in the crowd. In total, the expo generated S$20 million worth of sales,” said Alfa Matnoor, consumer marketing manager at Singapore.

The property expo, held at the Singapore Convention Centre, Hall A, featured projects from Malaysia, United States and Thailand, among others.

First time participant, MRCB Land, said they are happy with response with $5 million worth of sales concluded.

“The response has been great. This is the first time we are participating in the expo at Marina Bay Sands. It is our introduction to the Singapore market for Kuala Lumpur central. We like it and we will need to continuously build our brand here so that people are more familiar with MRCB and Kuala Lumpur central,” said Zamry Ibrahim, marketing director at MRCB Land

Likewise, Land and General Berhad said it sold five to six units of its project in Kuala Lumpur with a gross development value (GDV) of $2 million.


Iskandar Malaysia projects getting popular

Projects in Iskandar Malaysia, in particular, proved to be popular among Singaporeans and expatriate investors at the expo, as property prices continue hitting a new peak in the Lion City.

“Response has been very good. Projects in Iskandar Malaysia have been well received among Singapore investors due to the efforts to promote them by the southern government,” said Peter Lee, head sales and marketing/public relations, Leisure Farm Corporation Sdn Bhd.

According to Lee, Leisure Farm sold all but three of its Bayou Creek bungalows at the expo.

SP Setia Bhd also said they are satisfied with the response.

The Malaysian developers said it shifted a few units over the weekend.

“We have seen a lot of interest from Singaporeans to buy homes in Johor Bahru due to the pricing difference between homes in Singapore and Johor,” said a spokesperson.

Good response to seminars

Getty Goh, one of the invited speakers at the expo, also praised the strong crowd at the seminars the expo had attracted.

“I felt that the iProperty EXPO International Collection was very well organised and the turn out, especially during my talk, was overwhelming. All the seats were filled and there was only standing space left. After the talk, I also received numerous queries from potential business prospects. As a whole, I found it to be a very worthwhile event and the returns I got from attending outweighed my investment of time, effort and money,” said Goh, director at Ascendant Assets Pte Ltd.

The EXPO International Collection is the final expo of its kind to be held in Singapore.

Success Breakthrough and Beyond 2012 was a resounding Success! played host to over 300 agents at the HDB Hub Auditorium on July 10, 2012 at the agent seminar event “Success Breakthrough and Beyond 2012”

Invited Guest Speakers, Mr. David Poh K. B., Managing Director of Asia Management & Wisdom Pte Ltd grabs the crowd’s attention with his topic “Now is the Best Time to Build a Career Serving Commercial/ Industrial Real Estate Investors” whilst Mr. Colin Tan, Managing Director of Colin Tan Training & Consultancy wows the agents with his antics on ”How to Deal with Buyer Hesitation”.

Some key Industry leaders graced our event too with their participation in our panel sessions. Topics discussed were “Where will the Property Market be Heading in 2012″ and “Between ECs, Private Properties and Commercial Properties, What will be the Best ROI?”

The event was brought to a new hype when agents sees value for money as they snapped up’s products and services at 50% off the usual price! All staff was kept busy as agents signs up for subscription packages.

We would like to say a BIG THANK YOU to our invited guests speakers, panelists and all agents who have attended the event. And we hope to see you again at our upcoming events!

Pictures tell a thousand words, check out the excitement and happiness from everyone’s faces!

A beeline towards the registration desk

A beeline towards the registration desk

Hunks on the go wth our Mobile Billboards behind their backs

Hunks on the go wth our Mobile Billboards behind their backs

Mohammad Ismail anxiously waiting his turn to give his views

Mohammad Ismail anxiously waiting his turn to give his views

Our panelists in action

Our panelists in action

Our Sales Manager was Surprised!

Our Sales Manager was Surprised!

Standing tall, Colin Tan speak shares his thoughts

Standing tall, Colin Tan speak shares his thoughts

The hype on the sales floor as agents sign up for fantastic deals

The hype on the sales floor as agents sign up for fantastic deals

Highlights from the International Property Expo

Showcasing only the top properties from around the globe, the International Property Expo held on 20-22 April 2012 at the Marina Bays Sands Convention Center offered visitors a unique opportunity to preview and purchase from the finest collection of the most sought-after real estate around the world.

Attended by hundreds of investors eager to get their hands on one (or more) of the dozens of properties for sale, the much-anticipated event offered visitors a chance to preview an impressive list of more than 30 exhibitors from all over the world. With options ranging from residential to commercial, from holiday homes in Malaysia to storage spaces in the UK, and with prices starting from as little as S$10,000 to over S$1 million, there was something to cater to every visitor’s taste and budget – regardless of whether they were buying for investment purposes or simply looking for their dream holiday home on one of the world’s most beautiful beaches in Thailand.

The exhibitors at this weekend’s Expo were some of the world’s most highly-respected property agents and developers, and some of the show’s highlights included:

  • The Elements, a serviced apartment in Kuala Lumpur offering a prime location combined with top-notch in house facilities, presented by ML Mayland

  • Central Park, a superbly located A$2B village at the southern edge of Sydney’s CBD presented by PropNex

  • Neptune Center, a professionally managed development with a prime location in Chengdu, China, presented by Centaline Property Agency

Apart from the properties showcased at the Expo, visitors were also able to meet with other specialists in the high-end property industry, including WayOnNet’s Master Tan Khoon Yong, one of Singapore’s best-known Fengshui experts.

Drawing the crowds was also the packed schedule of free-to-attend seminar sessions, which provided advice on buying property in places such as Malaysia, Australia and the UK. Top industry professionals such as Jamie Hall of Central Equity Australia were one of the presenters who took to the stage to give top tips on what to look out for when managing overseas properties from Singapore.

And as if that was not enough, highly regarded property experts such as Dato Eric Cheng, the Founder and Group CEO of ECG Group, once again took time to be at the Expo to talk to visitors about investing in Bangkok.

The popularity of the International Property Expo has grown immensely over the last several years. As diversifies and expands its scope for its next Expo planned for the second half of 2012, visitors will be able to once again look forward to the industry’s flagship event, with even more opportunities to network and gain first-hand knowledge of the hottest properties and international market trends. EXPO April 20 to 22, 2012 at Marina Bay Sands Expo Centre Hall A

Fourth signature EXPO returns in April with exciting residential and commercial real estate investment opportunities

Complementary seminars open for investors and agents to gain insightful tips and advice Singapore – the country’s No.1 property website – proudly presents the EXPO | International Property ExpoHeld from Friday, 20 April to Sunday, 22 April 2012 at the Marina Bay Sands, Expo & Convention Centre, Hall A, the event will feature prominent international properties, prestigious property brands and exciting real estate opportunities under one roof.

Property investors and agents from around the region and beyond can benefit from a host of insightful seminars at the fourth signature EXPO, where renowned international property leaders will share tips on investing wisely, provide advice on buying overseas property and more. There are also exciting booths showcasing the latest property developments and investment opportunities in Malaysia, Australia, Thailand and the United States. In addition, visitors can have a chance to win over S$15,000 worth of lucky draw prizes at the EXPO.

“ strives to help property buyers make informed choices when it comes to buying property. With the return of the EXPO, we are glad to help investors be in the know about the latest overseas property opportunities, and empower them with data, intelligence and insights that allow them to make the most out of the risks and opportunities that are present in this current state of global economic uncertainty,” says Shaun Di Gregorio, CEO of the iProperty Group, the No.1 online property network across Asia.


The EXPO International Collection will feature attractive offerings for those with a keen interest in the latest developments in property investment:

Leading international brands will be present for consultation, such as LCI Investment, CTL Group and Executive Directions from Singapore, as well as Mah Sing PropertiesElite Forward andDijaya Corporation from Malaysia.

A host of exciting international developments will be on offer, including attractive rebates and promotions, including:

  • Malaysia: M City (5% rebates, Free legal fees & disbursement for Sale & Purchase Agreement and Deed, etc) and A-Suites Serviced Residence in Taman Austin Perdana, Johor (Low down payment starting from RM4,800, no progressive interest for 3 years, etc).
  • Australia: 60 View St, Pascoe Vale, Victoria, Australia (One-year rental guarantee; free legal fees)
  • Thailand: Circle Condominium, Bangkok (Free 1st year maintenance fee, fully furnished, etc)

For more details on special rebates, please go to:


In addition, property agents and investors can look forward to free seminars, talks and forums featuring property experts who will share insights on property investments, and provide an in-depth analysis of the property market outlook both in and outside Singapore:

  • With the introduction of the Additional Buyer’s Stamp Duty (ABSD) last year as a measure to help cool the local property market, investors are increasingly worried about how this will affect their rental yield.  In his seminar Is Your Rental Income Secure? on 21 April, 5pm to 6pm, Alfred Chia, CEO of SingCapital, will examine the implications of ABSD to the real estate market, and provide tips for investors to secure and safeguard their rental income.
  • Well-known property expert Mohamed Ismail Gafoor, CEO of PropNex Realty, will share incisive insights and predictions useful for investors and the public at large, in his seminarProperty Market in 2012 on 22 April, 2.30pm to 3.30pm.
  • Those who are keen to venture slightly further afield will find the seminar How to build Cash Flow with UK Alternative
    by Danny Lim, CEO of Property Barons, highly informative. On 21 April, 5pm to 6pm, Danny Lim will share tips on how invest in UK properties with as little as £3,750, and explore other lucrative investment options available in the UK.
  • Moving away from residential property, David Poh, CEO of Asia Management & Wisdom, will share why he considers commercial/industrial real estate investment to be the star performer of 2012. In the seminar How to Make Money from Commercial & Industrial Real Estate Investment on 20 April, 6pm to 7pm, he will teach agents how to acquire specialized skills and knowledge required to succeed in this field.

The EXPO | International Property Expo will take place over the weekend from Friday, 20 April to Sunday, 22 April 2012, 11am to 8pm, at Marina Bay Sands, Expo & Convention Centre, Hall A.

For more information and to register, please visit